In late May, as part of the Transylvania County School’s annual awards night, Connestee Falls proudly announced the 13 winners of 2016-17 academic scholarships. Sarah Hysong, vice chair of Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program (CFSSP,) and Bill Medl, the program’s school liaison, did the honors. A total of $22,000 in scholarship money was distributed, with the awards ranging in size from $1,000 to $2,000.
The winners from Brevard High School are Aubrea Holland, Caroline Dockery, Hannah Field, KaiShaila Benjamin, Mathew Huter, Nathan Pierron and Waylon Whitmire. The winners from Rosman High School are Cade Brinkley, Julia Crain, Madison Holden, Haley Parker, Jacob Hall and Rachel Owen. All of the students have GPA’s of 3.0 or higher and have had leadership positions in their schools and in the community. Most have achieved the status of Transylvania County Scholar, the highest academic honor the county awards.
“Going through this process showed me how difficult it is to award only a few scholarships when
there are so many who merit them,” Hysong said.
Roxi Hewertson, CFSSP chair, said, “I am thrilled that we were able to increase the number of high school students receiving our scholarships from 8 last year to 13 this year. The increase this year is a real tribute to our Connestee Falls residents, our local businesses and community members, and dozens of volunteers who work hard all year long to raise awareness about the very real need of our Transylvania County students.
“We hope to be able to give a ‘hand up’ to even more of our bright and hard-working college-
bound students next year,” she said.
The 13 scholarship winners have excelled in high school and have big plans for the future:
- Aubrea Holland wants to be a doctor. She will attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.
- Cade Brinkley will attend NC State to study engineering and physics.
- Caroline Dockery will attend UNC-Asheville to study new media.
- Hannah Field will attend Appalachian State and major in geology.
- Julia Crain will attend Western Carolina University and study nursing, concentrating on emergency care. She aspires to be a flight nurse.
- KaiShaila Benjamin is a Certified Nursing Assistant and plans to attend A-B Tech to become a dental hygienist, nurse or athletic trainer.
- Madison Holden will attend Western Carolina University and study nursing.
- Mathew Huter will attend NC State to study business and become a commercial airline pilot.
- Nathan Pierron will attend UNC-Chapel Hill and study biology or chemistry, with the goal of medical school.
- Waylon Whitmire will attend BRCC/Western Carolina and study criminal justice. He wants to be in law enforcement.
- Haley Parker will attend Appalachian State and pursue studies in social work or
- Jacob Hall will attend Appalachian State and major in sociology. He wants to become
a Young Life leader.
- Rachel Owen will attend Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, to study athletic training.
Learn more about the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program.